CENTRAL – Southern Wesleyan women’s basketball held a 21-point halftime lead over rival Emmanuel but couldn’t hold the lead in the second half, falling 63-60 to the Lions.
The Warriors (8-13, 5-9 SSAC) were held scoreless for nearly the first seven minutes of the second half and scored just 17 points in the second half after putting up 43 in the first half. SWU shot a paltry 23 percent after halftime, all this after a dominant first half where they shot 53 percent and held a 43-22 lead.
Emmanuel scored the first 11 points of the second half to bring the deficit back down to 10 at 43-33. The Lions finally brought the margin under 10 for the first time in 18 minutes with a three by Georgia Brown that trimmed the lead to 49-42 for the Warriors.
Emmanuel finally took the lead with a pair of free throws from Joreshica Martin with just 11 seconds left, their first lead of the game.
After a SWU turnover the Lions hit two more free throws to seal the game. Emmanuel scored the final seven points as the Warriors couldn’t find the basket in the final 2:49.
Chelsie Waters led the Warriors with 12 points and Kiara Coleman added 10 points and eight rebounds. Waters added six assists.
Martin led Emmanuel with 12 points. SWU managed to still shoot 40 percent in the game while the Lions hit on just 34 percent. Emmanuel came back thanks to 7 of 15 shooting from behind the three-point line in the second half after posting a 1 for 12 mark in the first. The Warriors hit 6 of 15 from beyond the arc.
SWU took advantage of 17 Emmanuel turnovers, scoring 21 points. The Warriors only turned the ball over 12 times on the day. Emmanuel returned the favor by dominating the glass, pulling in 57 rebounds to just 33 for the Warriors. The Lions had 26 offensive rebounds in the game that they turned into 21 second chance points.
The Warriors hosted Auburn-Montgomery on Monday in another SSAC game.